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Single-vehicle crash on U.S. 160 delays traffic, spills oil on the roadway

Driver cited with careless driving by State Patrol
Bystanders watch as emergency crews worked to clear the roadway as traffic backs up on U.S. Highway 160. (Jerry Berg/Courtesy photo)

A one-vehicle crash involving a flatbed pickup and trailer held up traffic up on Highway 160 west of Mancos on Tuesday, June 25 for about two hours, according to a crash report from Colorado State Patrol.

No injuries were reported.

The crash was reported at 9:56 a.m. on June 25, and CSP Trooper Steven King arrived on scene at 10:03 a.m.

According to the crash report, the Ford F-350 flatbed pickup was pulling an oil/tar trailer and was traveling east on U.S. 160 when the vehicle crossed over into the westbound lane, left the road and hit a delineator post.

A single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 160 spilled oil or tar on the roadway and held traffic up for about two hours on June 25. (Montezuma County Colorado Facebook photo)

King’s report states that the trailer began to roll while off the roadway, then rolled halfway when the driver corrected his steering and reentered the highway, breaking the pintle hitch

The pickup truck came to a complete stop in the eastbound lane and shoulder at approximately mile point 50.9.

The driver was identified by his Oklahoma driver’s license as 42-year-old Marvin Welch. The vehicle he was driving belongs to DBA Asphalt Paving, according to the report.

Welch was cited for careless driving, and the vehicle was towed by Kustom Diesel “due to disabling damage.”

The Mancos Marshal’s Office responded to the scene as well to help with traffic control, Marshal Justen Goodall told a reporter via email.

The Journal requested the crash report from CSP last week and received it via email Wednesday afternoon.

A Facebook post by the Montezuma County Colorado page showed oil or tar spilling from the trailer onto the roadway. Traffic was blocked until just after 12:30 p.m. when single-lane, alternating traffic was allowed through.